The Rockies lost to the Padres 6-3 in San Diego on Saturday night. Jon Gray didn’t look great, but another Rockies draftee, Christian Friedrich, did. Unfortunately, Friedrich pitches for the Padres.
Gray got the first batter he faced to ground out, but the following three all singled, which made it 1-0 Padres. It could have been worse. With runners on first and second, Alex Dickerson hit a hard line drive, but it went right to Mark Reynolds at first base. They were able to double up Wil Myers at second to end the inning.
Worse things did take place for Gray in the second inning. Gray struck out Ryan Schimpf to begin the inning, but a walk and a single put runners on first and second with one out. Opposing pitcher Friedrich attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Gray was able to throw the lead runner out at third base for the second out. A catcher’s interference call during the next plate appearance loaded the bases. The Padres then proceeded to put five runs on the board with two outs. They did so by way of a single and a couple of doubles. The inning ended with the Padres ahead 6-0.
Gray pitched two scoreless innings afterward, but he wasn’t sharp. He only gave up one more hit, but he walked two batters, including Friedrich. He finished up with a 4/8/6/5/3/3 pitching line.
The score remained 6-0 until the eighth inning, when the Rockies cut their deficit in half. Reynolds reached on an error to begin the inning. Cristhian Adames replaced Reynolds at first base after hitting into a fielder’s choice, and he advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then to third after Jordan Patterson grounded out. Charlie Blackmon then walked, and DJ LeMahieu followed that up with a single, which scored Adames to give the Rockies their first run. Another wild pitch put Blackmon on third and LeMahieu on second. Carlos González drove them both in with a single, making it 6-3.
The Rockies weren’t able to muster anything more, however. Brandon Maurer retired the Rockies in order in the ninth to wrap up the 6-3 Padres win.